Archive - May 10, 2011

Archive - May 10, 2011

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It's Time to Put the "Public" in Public Defibrillation

Many people say they would shy away from using a defibrillator.

Boston, MA (PRWEB)--Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are the best—and often last—hope for people who collapse when their hearts lapse into a fast, irregular, and deadly heartbeat known as ventricular fibrillation. These shock-delivering devices are becoming a standard fixture in airports, malls, casinos, office buildings, and other public places. They are so easy to use, and the directions on them are so clear and straightforward, that school kids can learn to use them. Yet, according to the May 2011 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, many people say they would shy away from using a defibrillator.

Genetic Defects May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

Sudden cardiac death is always a shocking, tragic event, especially when it occurs at a young age. But, for the first time, scientists are unraveling how genetic defects can help predict the risk of dying suddenly in individuals with one of the leading causes of this unfortunate phenomenon.

This knowledge could guide treatment and potentially lessen the occurrence of sudden cardiac death in patients with Long QT syndrome, a rare, inherited heart rhythm disorder. It could also provide insight into the assessment and treatment of the millions of people who experience cardiac arrhythmias – irregular heart rhythms that cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow and can lead to sudden death if not corrected.

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